More than 84 million Americans—1 in 3 adults—have prediabetes, and 90% of them don't even know it. Prediabetes is a condition where blood sugars are higher than normal but aren’t high enough to be classified as diabetes. People with prediabetes are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes.
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- Being overweight.
- Being 45 years or older.
- Having a parent, brother, or sister with type 2 diabetes.
- Being physically active less than 3 times a week.
- Ever having gestational diabetes (diabetes during pregnancy) or giving birth to a baby who weighed more than 9 pounds.
- Having polycystic ovary syndrome.
You can have prediabetes, or higher than normal blood sugars, for years without any clear symptoms. It often goes undetected until more serious symptoms of type 2 diabetes start happening. Instead, it is important to know and discuss the risk factors with your healthcare provider.
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National Diabetes Prevention Program
The Diabetes Prevention Program is designed for people who have prediabetes or are at risk for type 2 diabetes but do not already have diabetes. The lifestyle change program is proven to help people with prediabetes prevent or delay development of type 2 diabetes.
Virtual-only classes begin Tuesday, May 11, 2021.
Losing a small amount of weight and getting regular physical activity can reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58%. Classes are led by trained lifestyle coaches who can help you change lifestyle habits to help you lose weight and get more active. In the classes, you will learn about healthy eating, stress management, the importance of sleep and so much more. You will get tips to make new habits to support your health and prevent type 2 diabetes.
Diabetes Prevention Program groups meet for a year—almost weekly for the first 6 months, then once or twice a month for the second 6 months. The program is focused on helping you make long-term changes for lasting results.
During each session, which is based on a CDC-approved curriculum, your lifestyle coach will engage the group to see how things are going, introduce the session's key topics and guide a group discussion.
For example, you will learn to:
- Eat healthy.
- Add physical activity to your life.
- Manage stress.
- Stay on track when eating out.
Benefits of participating in the lifestyle change program
Our CDC-recognized lifestyle change program is a structured program—in-person or online—based on research, specifically to prevent type 2 diabetes. Participating in the lifestyle change program will help you:
Improve your health. Our lifestyle change program can help you lose a modest amount of weight through healthy eating, being more physically active and managing stress. When combined, all of these behavior changes will help reduce your risk of developing type 2 diabetes and other serious health conditions, such as having a heart attack or stroke.
Feel better and more energetic. Many participants say they feel better and are more active than they were before the program. Imagine having more energy to do the things you love with the ones you love.
Be part of a larger community. Making changes can be easier when you're working as a group rather than doing it on your own. Being part of a group with people who are facing similar challenges and trying to make the same changes you are provides the necessary support structure to make these types of behavior changes. Together, you can share ideas, celebrate successes, and work to overcome obstacles. With your coach and fellow participants, you can celebrate successes and learn to solve obstacles—together.
Making moderate healthy lifestyle changes can help people with prediabetes cut their risk of developing type 2 diabetes in half. The Diabetes Prevention Program research study showed that these behavior changes made over the course of a year helped participants lose 5 to 7% of their body weight—that is 10 to 14 pounds for a person weighing 200 pounds!
These lifestyle changes reduced the risk of developing type 2 diabetes by 58% in people with prediabetes. And for people 60 and older, the program reduced the risk of type 2 diabetes by 71%!